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It is well documented the mess that unfolded in Flint, Michigan last year with the Flint Firebirds. The team’s crooked leadership has made it possible for the London Knights to bring in Tyler Johnson, who at one point was among the most highly touted American goaltenders for last year’s NHL Entry Draft.


Tyler Johnson was drafted by the former Plymouth Whalers in the 7th round of the 2014 OHL Priority Selection and signed with the Whalers before they moved to Flint and became the Firebirds. Flint GM Terry Christensen at one point was quoted saying “Tyler Johnson has no future in hockey,” because he already had a vested interest in Kyle Keyser who had played for Terry for years at little Caesars. Terry then put Tyler on unconditional waivers and released him, despite being an NHL prospect.

Because Tyler signed in the OHL, he lost his NCAA eligibility and following his release, entered into a long battle with the NCAA to gain back his eligibility.

University of Maine compliance officers felt as though he had a strong enough case to be reinstated that they advised Maine coaching staff to continue to recruit him. He was offered a scholarship and verbally committed. Tyler’s NCAA reinstatement conditions however, remained up in the air. If granted, Johnson would have continued down the NCAA route.

Following complications with their NCAA appeal. Tyler Johnson was not reinstated and the London Knights began recruiting Johnson.

“He will be in London next season,” said one source close to the situation.

This is not the first time Johnson has been touted by an OHL team. Last year, it was the Mississauga Steelheads looking to sign him as James Boyd was looking for somebody to take over from Jack Flinn once his time in the OHL came to an end.

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The London Knights and Sarnia Sting engaged in what I would call “Old Time Hockey” at the end of thier game on Sunday at the Budweiser Gardens in London. The fans could sense that things were going to spill over early into the contest and at the 18:39 mark  of the third period everything hit the fan as Sarnia defenceman Kevin Spinozzi jumped London forward Max Jones and it was on. (more…)

The London Knights have acquired Chad Heffernan from the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for a mid round draft pick.  (more…)

The London Knights have solved their overage situation by sending forward Jack Hidi to the Hamilton Bulldogs in exchange for a late round draft pick just minutes before the 12:00pm OHL overage trade deadline.  (more…)

The London Knights have announced the signing of their 2nd round import pick, Daniel Bernhardt. Bernhardt, a native of Stockholm, Sweden joins the Knights on loan from the Djurgården club of the SHL. (more…)

The London Knights have announced their acquisiton of the rights to forward Sonny Milano from the Flint Firebirds in exchange for a conditional late round draft pick. Sonny is currently getting his first taste of professional hockey in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters. (more…)

The London Knights have made their first “splash” if you want to call it that leading up to this year’s OHL Trade Deadline. General Manager Basil McCrae announced that the team has acquired overage defender Jacob Graves from the Oshawa Generals. Going back to Oshawa is young forward Eric Henderson. (more…)

The Sudbury Wolves have announced the acquisition of young forward, Ryan Valentini from the London Knights. In exchange, the Knights receive a 2nd round draft choice in 2019. (more…)

The London Knights have announced the acquisition of overage goaltender Brendan Burke from the Calgary Hitmen (WHL) VIA the Guelph Storm.  In exchange, the Storm receive a 6th round draft choice in 2016.

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The Windsor Spitfires have acquired 1998 born defender Tyler Nother from the London Knights in exchange for two draft picks. As close as the Western Conference in the OHL is, the Knights and Spitfires have a rivalry which one could argue is unmatched in the entire OHL, and the two teams rarely ever help each other out by engaging in a trade. It’s happened two times in the past couple weeks, first with Michael Giugovaz and now with Tyler Nother.

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